April 28, 2002: Mets Come Back for Sweep of Brewers

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Date: April 28, 2002
Mets starter: Jeff D'Amico
Mets: 9
Brewers: 6
Winning pitcher: Kane Davis
Key player(s): Jay Payton, Jeromy Burnitz, Mo Vaughn
Key play: Payton’s RBI single, Vaughn’s double, Burnitz’s home run

The Mets faced the Brewers on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets came from behind for a series-sweeping 9-6 win over Milwaukee.

Mets’ starter Jeff D'Amico pitched a perfect top of the first inning. The Brewers’ Ben Sheets gave up just a single to Roger Cedeno in the bottom half and Tyler Houston reached on first baseman Mo Vaughn’s error with two outs in the top of the second. Jose Hernandez singled and Raul Casanova hit a single to drive home Houston for a 1-0 Milwaukee lead. D’Amico retired Sheets on a ground ball to shortstop Rey Ordonez to end the inning. The Mets then failed to score after loading the bases against Sheets in the bottom half.

D’Amico set down the side in order in the top of the third. Sheets hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning and Richie Sexson singled to open the top of the fourth. Geoff Jenkins was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Cedeno. Houston grounded out to third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo and a two-run homer by Hernandez ensued. D’Amico fanned Casanova for the inning’s third out and consecutive singles by Alfonzo and Jay Payton began the bottom half. Vance Wilson fouled out to right fielder Jeffrey Hammonds and a double by Ordonez drove home Alfonzo, cutting the Brewers’ lead to 3-1. D’Amico was struck out and Roberto Alomar was given an intentional walk. Cedeno then grounded back to Sheets for the final out of the inning.

D’Amico retired all three batters in the top of the fifth. Sheets yielded only a single to Jeromy Burnitz in the bottom half and Hammonds hit a home run against D’Amico to lead off the top of the sixth. Sexson doubled and Jenkins flied out to Cedeno. Houston followed with a single to drive home Sexson for a 5-1 Brewers lead. Mets’ reliever Kane Davis struck out Hernandez and issued an intentional walk to Casanova. Davis then threw a called third strike past Sheets to finish off the inning.

Wilson doubled against Sheets to begin the bottom of the sixth. Ordonez reached on second baseman Eric Young’s error that allowed Wilson to come home and advanced to third base on a double by pinch-hitter Mark Johnson. Against Milwaukee reliever Ray King, Alomar singled to score Ordonez and send Johnson to third. Cedeno hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Johnson and a double by Vaughn plated Alomar, tying the game at 5-5. Burnitz was retired on a ground ball back to King. The Brewers’ Mike Buddie walked Alfonzo intentionally and gave up single to Payton that brought home Vaughn. On the play, shortstop Hernandez made an error that allowed Alfonzo to score for a 7-5 Mets lead. Buddie then retired Wilson on a grounder to Young to end the inning.

Mets’ reliever David Weathers hurled a scoreless top of the seventh. Buddie pitched a perfect bottom half and New York’s Mark Guthrie and Scott Strickland combined for a scoreless top of the eighth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Milwaukee’s Takahito Nomura hit Vaughn with a pitch. Burnitz followed with a two-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 9-5. Brewers’ reliever Mike DeJean retired Alfonzo on a fly ball to Hammonds. DeJean then got Payton to ground out to Hernandez and close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Armando Benitez retired pinch-hitter Lenny Harris on a pop-up to second baseman Alomar to start the top of the ninth. Young grounded out to Benitez and a double by Alex Sanchez followed. Hammonds drew a walk and moved to third base on Sexson’s single that drove home Sanchez. Sexson went to second on defensive indifference and Jenkins walked to load the bases. Benitez then struck out pinch-hitter Matt Stairs to end the game. The Mets had a comeback victory and a three-game series sweep.